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September is Senior Pet Health Month!

On average, pets age seven times faster than people. This means that most dogs and cats reach adulthood by age two and middle age by four. By age seven, most dogs—particularly larger breeds—are entering their senior years!

Because dogs and cats age so rapidly, health problems tend to progress faster in pets as well.

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Puppy Guidelines for New Puppy Parents

Congratulations on your new puppy! Exuberant puppies are so fun.

24 hours in and you’re recognizing your new responsibilities. Gulp! Whether your new puppy is a long discussed favorite breed or an adopted mix, a little prep will make this transition easier so you have more fun.

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Common Medical Problems in Dogs

At Newport Harbor Animal Hospital your pets are as important to us as they are to you. Frequently our doctors and staff are asked what are the most common medical problems we see in dogs, so we decided to put together a list of 10 common medical problems we see in Dogs.

10 Most Common Conditions from VPI Pet Insurance

1. Ear Infections

2. Skin Allergies

3. Skin Infection

4. Non-cancerous skin growths

5. Upset stomach

6. Diarrhea

7. Arthritis

8. Bladder infection

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Marley Had a Hotspot

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed Marley licking at her right thigh frequently. When I took a look, she had developed a hotspot. A hotspot is a moist bacterial infection of the skin. If a dog has long hair (Marley’s is medium length) a hotspot may be difficult for an owner to see unless they part the hair. If you notice your dog licking or scratching at one area continually, be sure to look closely at the skin.

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Marley Was Crying All The Time

A few months ago, I noticed that my dog Marley was tearing from her right eye. It had made a stain below the inside corner of the eye. Her eye was not red and she didn’t seem bothered by it at all.

I suspected that her tear duct may have been blocked. We applied a fluorescein stain to the eye and failed to see any evidence that the tears were draining through her tear duct into her nasal cavity.

Marley was due for her annual dental cleaning. While she was under anesthesia for the cleaning, we flushed the tear duct.

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